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Asian Americans' WeChat-Fueled War on Affirmative Action - The Atlantic
"WeChat's impact has to be understood as an information environment as a whole — it's kind of like a fishbowl in which you have these different narratives that kind of cohere together, one of which is the neglect and marginalization of Chinese Americans"
news  identity  china  asianamerican  government  law  information  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia 
19 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Silent Party #1 | Pitchfork
You may have one or several of these stories yourself: Moments when you realized that an active approach toward listening could be more than recombining track orders, and that research could be as rewarding as the listening process itself. Like any other form of media, we should look at music not so much as a "thing" but as "a way of doing something." Music is a process: An active, never-ceasing dialogue between creators and listeners with infinite outcomes.
music  copyright  creativity  law  media  songwriting  listening  hiphop 
4 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The US government is using road signs showing drivers how fast they’re going to capture license plate data — Quartz
“License plate readers are inherently a form of mass surveillance,” investigative researcher Dave Maass of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation told Quartz. “You look at something like a wiretap and most of the time it’s looking for a specific person and capturing specific conversations with that person. But here they are collecting information on everybody, not all of whom have been accused of a crime, in case they may one day commit a crime. This is un-American.”
privacy  surveillance  police  law  traffic  cars  cities 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Snapchat and the Erasable Future of Social Media - Businessweek
“Unarchived communication is our most primal form of communication,” she says. “It’s natural for us to go back to it for things like communicating with our friends and family, and not having to think about the fact that the Internet is forever. Ephemeral data is the future.”
twitter  facebook  privacy  photography  mobile  memory  law  presence  reputation  attention 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF will be working with other organizations to launch an Open Wireless Movement in the near future. In the mean time, we're keen to hear from technologists with wireless expertise who would like to help us work on the protocol engineering tasks that are needed to make network sharing easier from a privacy and bandwidth-sharing perspective. You can write to us at
internet  activism  privacy  law  security  wifi 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The real cost of free | Cory Doctorow | Technology |
Those who say that they can control copies are wrong, and they will not profit by their strategy. They should be entitled to ruin their own lives, businesses and careers, but not if they're going to take down the rest of society in the process.
copyright  internet  law  music  art  creativity  creativecommons  online  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Shock and Ow! Taser Company Profile: Big Issues: GQ
"[...] The products, called Axon and Protector, intend to take electronic surveillance to confounding new heights. Axon is a camera mounted on a cop's radio earpiece that can record video of all interactions with suspects and store them indefinitely on a database called Protector is Big Brother on a BlackBerry, an overprotective parent's digital dream come true: a twenty-four-hour surveillance program that allows adults to monitor and control kids' cell phones, driving, and whereabouts. Both products promise safety at some expense to privacy and civil liberties. [...]"
security  police  power  law  justice  prison  health  technology 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The remarkable judge who struck down the Defense of Marriage Act - Joe Conason -
"We don't go out looking for cases ... There is no such thing as an 'activist court.' I do nothing until a complaint has been filed by some citizen, or group of citizens, which states effectively that their constitutional rights have been violated. I then have an obligation; I can't just dismiss it and throw it away."
justice  law  courts  massachusetts  gay  government 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
On the Media: Las Vegas Review-Journal lawsuits prompt fair use debate ...
"Fair use" on the Internet would seem to be a use that probes and ponders the original, possibly repackaging or rewriting it, without subsuming it. A fair use calls attention to an interesting story or news flash, perhaps elaborates on it or disputes it, but doesn't replace it.

Two Web journalists who Twittered me on Tuesday independently offered the same rule of thumb —- don't republish more than three paragraphs. Always name your source. Always link to the original.

Reporters and editors get understandably peeved when they see paragraph after paragraph of their work reprinted by competitors — regurgitation so extensive that there's no reason for the reader to seek out the original, even when a link is provided.
copyright  journalism  media  newspaper  blogging  community  reputation  lasvegas  nevada  law  fairuse 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
UPDATED: All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple: The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Though more than 100,000 app developers have clicked "I agree," public copies of the agreement are scarce, perhaps thanks to the prohibition on making any "public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple's express prior written approval." But when we saw the NASA App for iPhone, we used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ask NASA for a copy, so that the general public could see what rules controlled the technology they could use with their phones. NASA responded with the Rev. 3-17-09 version of the agreement.
ipod  iphone  apple  software  business  mobile  copyright  law  development  eff 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
California bill would tighten rules on tattoos, piercing - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee
About 36 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 are tattooed now, according to estimates by the American Academy of Dermatology.
art  law  california  aesthetics  beauty 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Indian Court Overturns Gay Sex Ban -
“The inclusiveness that Indian society traditionally displayed, literally in every aspect of life, is manifest in recognizing a role in society for everyone,” judges of the Delhi High Court wrote in a 105-page decision, India’s first to directly address rights for gay men and lesbians. “Those perceived by the majority as ‘deviants’ or ‘different’ are not on that score excluded or ostracized” [...]
india  gay  gender  sex  law  justice 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Parallels abound in killing of journalists three decades apart - San Jose Mercury News
"When somebody kills a journalist, they're not only trying to shut her or him up and stop the next installment of the story, but they want to terrorize the whole community, the community of readers and the community of journalists," he said. "They want to be clear that their monopoly on power and the irrelevance of the rule of law may not be challenged."

"There are countries in which reporters write stories about corrupt government officials or gangs or drug smugglers at the risk of being shot and killed. But this is not something that's supposed to happen in the United States."
journalism  usa  media  newspapers  law  justice  oakland  crime  power 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Daily Kos: State of the Nation
Ultimately, new models will emerge from the ashes of the newspaper biz. People may feel nostalgic about their morning newspapers, but the world evolves, and the way we consume information evolves with it. Good journalism will get done, on the air, online, and even in newsprint by specialized niche publications.

Journalism doesn't need newspapers to exist. It needs distribution outlets. It is media agnostic. And in today's world, the last thing we lack are distribution outlets.
politics  newspapers  journalism  law  business  corporations  media 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Flickr Creates New License for White House Photos | Epicenter
The change marks a first for Flickr, which to date has not had a license for government works, other than a “No Known Copyright Restriction” license that is used on photos from its Commons project, which includes photos from some of the world’s greatest museums and libraries. Those photos include ones from the Library of Congress, for instance, that never were copyright since they were made or paid for by the federal government
photography  government  flickr  creativity  copyright  law  yahoo  president 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Creative Commons on Flickr: Users Prefer Restrictive Licenses - ReadWriteWeb
Flickr now holds the world's largest repository of Creative Commons-licensed images, but according to a new study, most Flickr users opt to license their images under the most restrictive CC license. Also, only a relatively small number of users (24%) allow commercial use of their images, and only about 12% of users choose the BY license, which allows for free sharing and remixing, as long as the author is attributed.
creativecommons  creativity  photography  flickr  copyright  law 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Former cop draws fire for alleged remarks to college students --
"If there's a news conference going on, I can't get in front of a crowd and say, 'He got exactly what the [expletive] he deserved.' You know the police should have beat him, you know. I used to beat [expletive] when I was in Chicago too. I can't say that," the article quotes a recording of Yarbrough as saying.

"I'd have to say, 'Well, you know we're going to have to look into this matter seriously . . . all of our officers, we like to think that they operate with the utmost integrity and ethics' . . . All of that [expletive] sounds good. That [expletive] sounds real good, but in the back of my mind, damn. He got popped. If he would have done it the way we used to do it in Chi-town, man, none of this [expletive] would have happened."
police  chicago  law  justice  college  illinois 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Farber's Interesting People: Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge
High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera. The private companies that mail out the tickets often do not bother to verify whether vehicle registration information for the accused vehicle matches the photographed vehicle. [...]
law  crime  transportation  cars  business  maryland  photography  computers 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge News Blog: Fire line looks like a legislative boundary
"Here's the kicker: As difficult a job as firefighters have had since Sept. 10 working to control this blaze, it's a sure thing they'll eventually contain the fire. Much less certain is whether state leaders will ever do anything to draw up district boundaries that actually make sense, rather than something that looks like a child's scrawled doodle (or a lawmaker's choice district)."
fire  fresno  california  newspapers  law  politics  disaster  government 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Unboxed - When Academia Puts Profit Ahead of Wonder -
"The law of unintended consequences is perhaps less a 'law' than a simple statement of fact: We cannot accurately predict all the results of our actions. We may do something with the best of intentions, and sometimes even accomplish the good toward which we aim. Yet, at the same time, we are all too often surprised by results that didn’t occur to us beforehand."
technology  academia  business  corporations  law 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Steering Clear of Energy's Volatility -
"Amana Trust Growth (symbol: AMAGX) is the largest U.S. fund that invests according to Islamic law. The fund keeps trading to a minimum because Islamic law equates it to gambling. It has benefited from gains in some of its long-term investments, such as Apple. The fund is down 5.26 percent this year and up 15.31 percent over five years."
islam  investing  economics  religion  law  finance  apple  oil  energy  usa  stocks 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Ken Mondschein's "History of Single Life"
"So while conservatives might point to the fact that the per-capita divorce rate has dropped 5% since 1980, the fact is, the marriage rate has also dropped 50% since 1970. Divorce rates have fallen simply because less of us are getting married."
divorce  men  marriage  women  relationships  culture  ritual  law 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Cruiser-Top Cameras Make Police Work a Snap
"It's a glimpse into the future. It won't take long before these things become pervasive, and the one thing we know about technology is it gets more advanced and cheaper as time goes on."
police  law  justice  cars  transportation  transit  technology  privacy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
National Post: Turning Toronto into a nanny state
"I think we need to be mindful of the kinds of laws we put in place because I think we can overregulate citizens to the point where nothing you do is without a penalty of some sort,"
toronto  canada  cities  law  public  social  police 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: New guide lays out fair use best practices for online video
"The bargain is this: we as a society give limited property rights to creators, to reward them for producing culture; at the same time, we give other creators the chance to use that same copyrighted material without permission or payment, in some circumst
copyright  internet  media  online  video  creativecommons  creativity  law 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge | N&O subscriber sues the paper for cutting staff
"I hate to see what companies that run newspapers are doing to the product. The idea that taking the most important product and reducing the amount of news and getting rid of staff to me seems pointless to how you should run a newspaper business."
newspapers  journalism  law  business  media  northcarolina  corporations 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge Books | Kiss my ass
"One can only wonder: Who will be the Sodomites of tomorrow?" Oh, that's easy.
sex  marriage  polyamory  books  love  beauty  relationships  law  justice 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Gay marriage may be a gift to California's economy - Los Angeles Times
"[G]ay weddings could provide a $370-million boost to the state economy. That estimate presumes that about half of California's 92,000 same-sex couples will tie the knot, multiplied by $8,040 [...]"
politics  marriage  law  gender  gay  california  economy  ritual 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dating Advice from Law Students -
"How can I snag a future lawyer?" "Be normal. The last thing a lawyer wants to deal with is a crazy relationship she's not getting paid to handle."
law  love  relationships  dating  education 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Webware: Are mix tape sites on solid legal ground?
A couple of friends -- oddly, both named Jason (Hi, misterjt and 7au !) -- raised this in passing before another (pkynes) forwarded this article. For now, my muxtape currently hosts my own music.
music  diy  law  social  creativity 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Lobbyist, The Drudge, The Times, The Fixer --
"In New York, there are other kinds of newspapers that handle stories like this. They are called 'tabloids,' from the Greek root "'tab,' meaning 'SLAIN FROZEN PROSTITUTE,' and the Latin suffix '-loid,' meaning 'IN QUEENS LOVE NEST WITH HALF-GOAT POPE BABY
newspapers  news  ethics  law  nytimes  politics  campaigns  mccain 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
P-I must arbitrate online dispute
"A federal judge ruled Monday that the Seattle P-I must arbitrate a union dispute over its online reporter position. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly's ruling favors The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, which represents most P-I nonmanagement employees.
unions  work  labor  jobs  seattle  law  justice  newspapers  media  journalism  online 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Recut, Reframe, Recycle -- Publications -- Center for Social Media at American University
"The study points to a wide variety of practices—satire, parody, negative and positive commentary, discussion-triggers, illustration, diaries, archiving and of course, pastiche or collage (remixes and mashups)—all of which could be legal [...]"
usa  social  publishing  politics  podcasting  online  law  culture  copyright  blogs  audio  art  creativity  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Annals of Communications: The Search Party: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"[W]e’re going to make all the mistakes computer scientists running a company would make. But one of the mistakes we’re not going to make is the mistake that non-scientists make. We’re going to make mistakes based on facts and data and analysis."
business  culture  google  history  internet  law  marketing  newyorker  politics  privacy  story  toread  washington  copyright 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dana Milbank - Let's Do the Time Warp Again -
"One thing I've demonstrated in 16 years is you can do this job without asking a single question."
washington  justice  crime  law  supremecourt  aesthetics 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ABC News: Part I: My Grandfather's Son
"People feel free to say about me what they think about lots of blacks. Because of the heterodox views I've taken, they have license to say it about me with impunity." How's this makes you special again?
politics  race  supremecourt  interviews  law  books 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Clarence Thomas: The Justice Nobody Knows, Supreme Court Justice Gives First Television Interview To 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft - CBS News
"It's fascinating that people, there's so many people now who will make judgments based on what you look like." As opposed to what one does and how one acts?
interview  law  news  politics  supremecourt  books  race 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Tell-All PCs and Phones Transforming Divorce - New York Times
"Google and Yahoo may know everything, but they don’t really care about you. No one cares more about the things you do than the person that used to be married to you."
marriage  love  relationships  technology  google  yahoo  information  law 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Great Race Divide --
"[W]e got rid of slavery and replaced it with legal Jim Crow. Then after segregation was officially outlawed, a new segregation emerged based on zoning laws, housing patterns and school quality. The system always comes up with a new way to resist change."
race  usa  racism  law  politics  education  housing  supremecourt 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Loyal to a Fault
"American-ness comes in many shapes and forms and holds a peculiar appeal, even to some of its critics. After all, despite its imperfections, our most successful exercise in nation-building continues to be our own."
usa  identity  government  law  activism 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Canada’s Policy on Immigrants Brings Backlog - New York Times
"Nearly two-thirds of Canada’s population growth comes from immigrants, according to the 2006 census, compared with the United States, where about 43 percent of the population growth comes from immigration."
immigration  canada  usa  law  government  society  jobs 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge Steelback president files suit against Ottawa blogger
"The president of Hamilton-based Steelback Brewery has filed a $2-million lawsuit against an Ottawa-based blogger he claims repeatedly libelled him on his popular sports website."
blogging  law  canada 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Al Gore Has Big Plans
"The central challenge is to expand the limits of what's now considered politically possible. The outer boundary of what's considered plausible today still falls far short of the near boundary of what would actually solve the crisis."
environment  politics  democrats  2008  katrina  hurricane  cinema  law 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Web Site Is Held Liable for Some User Postings - New York Times
“The law has been almost uniform that a Web site isn’t liable for what its users say. The problem here is that the Web site offered up choices for users to structure their remarks. That creates a hole plaintiffs can exploit.”
design  information  identity  online  www  yasns  social  housing  realestate  law 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Army Forbids Troops From Blogging - Wired News
"Some units may require that soldiers register their blog with the unit for identification purposes with occasional spot checks after an initial review. Other units may require a review before every posting."
military  blogging  weblogs  internet  www  law  war  terrorism  civilliberties 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Beauty Makes Its Own Rules
“She’s kind of like a dream person ... what a glamorous person is supposed to be, someone who knows everyone, who gets the loudest applause when she walks through a door.”
fashion  beauty  law  nyc  crime 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
“Poor Man’s Copyright” – Why the Envelope Method Doesn’t Work
I guess I should save them for my budgeting. I mean, calculations. Or battlefield speeches. :-)
law  copyright  blog  songwriting  creativity  justice 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Gilberto Gil Hears the Future, Some Rights Reserved
“I no longer see music as a field to be exploited. I see it now as an alternative area of action, part of a broad repertory of possibilities that I have."
music  pop  law  creativity  creativecommons  songwriting  beauty 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Japanese Working Women Still Serve the Tea
"There is a 27-year-old man who does almost exactly what I do, and he is already making more than me. I've been with the company for 42 years. And the court says that's fair? Well, I strongly disagree."
japan  work  jobs  feminism  law  beverages 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker: Rap Map
“It’s no longer just about getting tough or being soft on crime. It’s ‘What are we going to do about Bed-Stuy?’ ”
nyc  demography  geography  newyork  activism  aesthetics  crime  law  poverty  police  social  community 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Times Online: We’re too boozy to be cafe people, says Blears
“I don’t know whether we’ll ever get to be in a European drinking culture, where you go out and have a single glass of wine. Maybe it’s our Anglo-Saxon mentality. We actually enjoy getting drunk. I think there is a bit about risk-taking."
alcohol  uk  drinking  law  leisure  public 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CBC: Boxer shorts made mandatory for Richmond firefighters
"Generally they change out of their pants into that gear in a common area. So, because their undergarments are then exposed, we felt that it was appropriate to establish a minimum standard for those undergarments."
fashion  law  canada  men  women  gender  britishcolumbia  fire 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Clothes Aren't the Issue
"At the sermon's end, I approached Shalash. 'This is America,' I protested. 'How can you tell men to beat their wives?' 'They should beat them lightly,' he explained. 'It's in the Koran.' "
islam  women  men  gender  violence  religion  law  power 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Scalia Sees Shift in Court's Role
Money quote at the end? "It so happens that everything that is stupid is not unconstitutional."
usa  crime  power  law  supremecourt 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
San Diego CityBEAT: Because I said so
"What is at stake is who gets to determine how consenting adults live their personal lives. What is at stake is how far the government can go in homogenizing our society. What is at stake is the right to differ—and that is a right worth defending."
marriage  men  women  gender  relationships  law 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Minister of counterculture
"The Brazilian government is definitely pro-law," he grins. "But if law doesn't fit reality anymore, law has to be changed. That's not a new thing. That's civilisation as usual."
brazil  technology  law  creativecommons  creativity  culture 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Silent Treatment
"[T]he shirts are nothing more than a fashion statement: a symbol of a rift - gaping, heartbreaking and raw - in American society catches on because it looks cool and famous people wear it."
fashion  men  law  black  white  police  hiphop  baltimore 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Impact of a 'Law & Order' Star Lingers as Spinoff Begins
"All defense attorneys, if you give them three drinks and a good steak, will say that of course they've had clients who confessed to them and who they know to be guilty."
law  crime  food  television 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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